Facebook in OS X Mountain Lion

Despite reports that claim Facebook integration won't actually be available in OS X Mountain Lion until this fall — months after its release — Apple has seeded a fourth beta preview to registered developers that includes support for the Facebook sharing features. There's also a "Facebook Developer Preview" that allows these features to be tested ahead of their public debut.

Both releases are available to download via Apple's Mac Dev Center, and as usual, you'll need to be a registered developer to gain access to them. Once you've updated to the latest Mountain Lion preview, you'll then be able to install the Facebook preview software. This allows you to sign into the social network via System Preferences, and adds sharing features to applications like Safari, Preview, and more.

It also allows you to sync your Facebook account with certain applications on your Mac. For example, you can add birthdays and events to Calendar, add contacts — with profile pictures — to your Address Book, and more. Furthermore, Apple will allow third-party developers to take advantage of these features, too, so you'll soon be able to upload your images and videos to Facebook from your favorite photo or video editing apps.

Apple announced during its WWDC keynote yesterday that OS X Mountain Lion will be released next month. However, this morning's reports say Facebook integration won't arrive until this fall. This delay is obviously to allow for testing, and I'm sure it won't stop you from purchasing Mountain Lion and enjoying the rest of its new features. After all, it is only $20.

[via Cult of Mac]